The Real Reason I Eat Kosher

And it‘s not because it’s more healthy.

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(7) Jay, July 24, 2014 6:50 PM

What is your true motive for being a Rabbi?

Those who search out the precise reasons behind the Torah's teachings, examining and clarifying everything, learn Torah for its own sake. Alternatively, those who do not labor sufficiently in the Torah, learn for ulterior motives. Artscroll, Tractate Shabbos, 63a(3)

Anonymous, August 1, 2014 10:13 AM

True Motives?

Rabbi Yehuda says that your are supposed to learn Torah- for the sake of Torah, that's it.
Even if one thinks or finds a good reason for a certain Mitzvah, it doesn't mean that it is the reason ,or even a reason, it could even be on the contrary. The Chunuch says multiple times that Ta'amei HaMitzvot are only for a better understanding for our minds to sleep peacefully and not be restless over these weird acts, the only reason for the whole Torah is ONLY because God said so, that's it, for why does it matter to God if you shake a citron or a lemon, what's the difference?.

Jay, September 1, 2014 1:43 AM

I ask once again "What is your true motive for being a Rabbi?"

If one just wants to perform the MItzvahs in the Torah, then learning the Torah will not really be necessary. A Rabbi can tell you what to do.
But as you quote Rabbi Yehuda, "that your are supposed to learn Torah- for the sake of the Torah, that's it." What do you think this means? What Rabbi Yehuda said is the Torah is not just a Book of meanless instructions (God forbid) Everything in the Torah is rich in meaning, and when we fulfill the Mitzvah of learning Torah we greatly benefit from it's entirety. No part of the Torah is for the purpose of being ignored.

And in the Torah it states, Vayikro 11:43 "Do not make yourselves repulsive by eating any creeping creature that crawls, and do not make yourselves unclean with them, for you will become unclean because of them."

This does not only refer to insects, because through a Kal Vachomer we learn, if a creeping creature that crawls, i.e. a small insect, according to the Torah will make you unclean, i.e. unhealthy, how much more would this apply to a larger animal.

Being that this is out in the open, in the Chumash for everyone to see and it is the Rabbis and Aish's undertaking to convey the teachings of the Torah, I ask once again "What is your true motive for being a Rabbi?"

(6) Peter, July 24, 2014 4:13 PM

Excellent explanation!

Excellent explanation!

(5) Howard Yagerman, July 24, 2014 2:40 PM

I am Jewish

It may be a tautology but I keep kosher not because I believe but because I am Jewish.Everytime I put something in my mouth,I am reminded that I am Jewish.Are the other foods tempting,yes, but they would compromise who I am.Kosher identifies me for who I am and that is enough.

(4) Duane Bass, July 24, 2014 2:39 PM

Kosher is healthy - proof

I have been insulin dependent for 35 years. I started to study Torah about 8 years ago. I used to eat Cheeseburgers and loved them. I noticed that my Bg(sugar level) spiked notoriously after eating them. I saw where eating Kosher meant no more Cheeseburgers. I tried it, and I have noticed that my Bg are near normal, when eliminating the cheese. It is Kosher and healthier, for me, and it proved that Kosher eating is better for me, and for all. I try to eat Kosher, but not being Jewish, I am not aware of all the restrictions etc. But boy, I do believe, that the torah, is the owners manual, for people, from G-d. . .

Avi, August 1, 2014 10:10 AM

That is very nice but....

Every "scientific proof" will it be can be counter-proved, can be proven wrong, not so the trust in God, it is not scientific, it needs no "proof", what Rabbi Solomon is trying to say is that it is the basic fundamental truth in the world, if I understood correctly.

(3) Ari, July 22, 2014 6:51 PM

Being Jewish has taught me to trust in Hashem

Today, a gentile stopped me in the street and asked if i was Jewish (I wear a kippa and tzizit out, so I certainly look the part). when I answered in the affirmative, he asked me "What does being Jewish teach you?"
At the time, I told him that it taught me how to leave as a decent person, be kind, etc. He didn't have the time to discuss it further.
Now, having thought about it, I would say that one of the things Judaism taught me was that G-D can be trusted not only to guide us through Mitzvos that we will never really understand, but to run our own lives in ways that we don't understand. As Rabbi Salamon says, if He knew what He was doing when He created technology and mountains, then He surely knew what he was talking about when He instructed us to eat strange cracker-like bread on Passover, or pay a small fortune for a citron fruit that only gets used for the week of Sukkot! I might add that He certainly knows what He is doing when He puts us in difficult situations that we never intended to find ourselves in. That to me is a real comfort when things don't go my way.
Judaism teaches that there is always a reason for everything, whether or not we understand it (or THINK we understand it!).
A pity I didn't think of that answer on the spot. But then again, thinking on my feet was never my forte!

Anonymous, July 25, 2014 1:04 PM

Maybe you should have answered him by the telling the story of how Rabbi Hillel answered regarding treating others as you want to be treated.

(2) Ben, July 22, 2014 12:49 PM


I prefer to translate the Hebrew word 'emunah' as 'confidence', not 'trust'. "Trust works, but I would want to make a distinction from between that and faith' Although we do have faith in Judaism, it rests upon a foundation of evidence and testimony. There is no independent value to 'blind faith', which is the hallmark of a cult.

Rabbi Salomon rightly says that God has earned it. Although Abraham did extend faith to God, by means of the Exodus God paid cash in advance for the Jewish people as a whole, requiring no faith on their part. At the splitting of the sea we had '*confidence* in God and Moses, and any trust or faith we have rests on that foundation.

(1) ross, July 21, 2014 5:23 PM

You can never go 'home' again

So what about the first 20 ignorant years of my life when I knew nothing about split hooves and scales (or are they fins?) Weren't clam chowder (slurp!) and dripping-major-oil cheesestakes (oh, could you just die?--eating to live and dying to eat!) part of the essential food groups? And my soul was devoured. And I thought, ok, at least I can salvage something. And it was hard. But no regrets.


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